Take steps to ensure wolves are protected

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Right now negotiations are being held on an appropriation rider that de-lists the wolf in the western Great Lakes. Not only one federal judge, but the highest appeals court in the nation, with Bush-appointed judges, found that USFWS violated delisting rules for wolves, and now, this rider takes away our legal challenge to keep agencies accountable. We certainly need that more than ever. The Northeast region is a potential wolf habitat, but we have no confirmed wild wolves living here. Restoring wolves to this landscape is really a way to complete and perfect the ecologic order. By resolving the public’s concerns, showing the economic, environmental and social benefits, along with carrying out the purpose of the Endangered Species Act in a strategic and effective manner, the gray wolf could be a success story.But here’s the catch. If wolves are delisted by this rider, it virtually eliminates the chances of natural recovery because of the violent and aggressive wolf-hunting seasons. Wisconsin wolves have the highest probability of getting to New England, but they certainly can’t do it if the population is killed off by trophy hunters.Wolves don’t know state lines, and that’s not how populations are able to recover. Until wolves recolonize suitable habitat nationally, we must stop delisting attempts. Congress shouldn’t be in the business of picking off species to delist. Western Great Lakes wolves are everyone’s wolves, no matter where you live in the United States.Please contact your senator and ask that wolves remain protected.Jacqueline de WittNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

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